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Pain in the elbow while working at the computer​?

Pain in the elbow while working at the computer?

Do you suffer from mouse elbow or computer elbow? You might, if you have pain on the outside of your elbow. Get relief now and stop the pain from returning!

By Joel

Pain in the elbow is one of the more frequent complaints of patients working at the computer next to the carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, the many hours of lack of exercise has big consequences for our tendons, muscles and joints. If you feel the first ailments within the elbow, it is worth finding the cause of the pain and preventing it before the problem becomes chronic.
 
Pain in the elbow while working at the computer – what really hurts us?
Pain in the elbow during work at the computer in most patients is a result of the disease in the extensor tendons and less often in the wrist and finger flexors that attach to the elbow. Some time ago it was discovered that these are not inflammatory changes. The cause of pain is the degeneration of collagen fibers and the formation of pathological blood vessels and nerves. If the changes include wrist extenders on the side of the joint, we are talking about the tennis elbow. The disease on the opposite side of the wrist flexor tendons is called the golfer’s elbow.
Pain in the elbow may also result from irritation of the nerves running around the elbow. From the inside, the ulnar nerve follows, which is easily compressed. On the outer side, the radial nerve is less likely to have problems.
The less common causes of elbow pain are changes in one of the three joints present here and bursitis.

„As you are overusing your arm you are most likely going to face this condition at some point in your life. So, if you don’t already suffer, don’t worry! There are proven ways to prevent you from suffering in the future. „

Pain in the elbow while working on a computer – why is this happening?

  • As you type on the keyboard, your finger moves repeatedly. Raise your finger and then press it to the key …. and thousands of times. And what do our fingers and elbow share? It turns out that a lot. When the finger is lifted, the muscles of the extensor muscles are activated, while the flexors muscles work while the key is pressed. Both muscle groups have their origin just around the elbow. Repeated movements may consequently lead to degenerative changes at the site of the tendon attachment to the bone. In this situation, we feel the pain of the elbow when we move our fingers or wrist.

 

  • Man is created for constant movement, alternating bending and straightening the elbow. Our joints should work to the full extent, because only then comes to their proper nutrition. At a time when all human activities were physical, there was no problem. Working on the computer means that our elbow is in many hours in the same bent position. It is a very unnatural behavior for our joints, muscles and tendons. Elbow structures are ischemic and prone to damage.

 

  • The long hours of flexion of the elbow also has a negative effect on the nerves running in its vicinity. The ulnar nerve is particularly exposed, which runs in this area in a special groove. At the moment when we bend the elbow, our nerve must freely slip through the groove. For various reasons, there may be a situation where its movement is disturbed. This is often the case for anatomical reasons, consisting in the incorrect construction of the groove, for which we have no influence. As long as you make various movements with your elbow during the day, the problem may not occur. At the moment when we keep our elbow many hours in the flexion, and the nerve movement in the groove is limited, irritation may occur. Expertly, we’re talking about the ulnar groove syndrome.

 

  • Working on a standard mouse causes that our forearm is rotated and is in the pronation position. This is not a comfortable situation for our forearm, which is in constant tension. In addition, this setting causes that we have to keep the mouse slightly still. An alternative is the vertical mouse, otherwise known as vertical. 

 

  • Some standard mice are too large in relation to the patient’s structure, which causes the wrist to be in an upright position. In other words, it is slightly tilted up. This position affects the greater activation of the finger extensors that attach to the lateral side of the elbow.

Pain in the elbow during work on the computer – symptoms.


In the initial stage, elbow pain can happen once in a while, it can also intensify with working hours. In a situation where the disease is advanced, pain may appear already in the first hour of work, as well as during daily activities. In the late stage, the pain may also occur at rest.
In the case of tendon disease in the initial stage, the pain involves one small point. Usually we are able to indicate the place of pain with one finger. As the disease develops, the symptoms may radiate downwards, we may also have the impression that the entire forearm is tense and painful.
In case the problem is an irritated nerve, from the very beginning you can feel the pain radiating down even to the fingers of your hands. Symptoms have a sharp character and can appear when we put our elbow on the desk or can build up when the forearm is in a bent position for a long time. Additionally, we can feel the weakness of the hand.

Bottom line:

Evaluation of workplace ergonomics. An attempt to change the mouse, seat settings and other elements that may affect the occurrence of damage. Also important are breaks at work and simple exercises and techniques of automation at work. If you plan to visit a physiotherapist, it is worth taking a photo of our workstation and hand position on the mouse beforehand.
In some cases, especially at the time of severe pain, a special tennis-band is helpful.

Right Medication to Treat Chronic Back Pain

If you are suffering from long-lasting back pain, you don't need to be depressed. If you use the right therapy, the right set of medicines, and practice appropriate physical activities, you can get rid of the problem of backache in a very short period of time. There are two types of drugs available in the market – the drugs prescribed by a doctor and the drugs that you can just buy over-the-counter (OTC). In a situation where you are suffering from extreme pain, you are strongly recommended to stay away from OTC medicines because the wrong choice of drugs may (irritate/make worse) the problem.

Just because a particular medicine has worked effectively for another patient with similar-looking problem, it does not mean that particular drug makes the best choice for you also. A thorough (identification of a disease or problem, or its cause) of your problem is the most important thing. Once you know the main cause of the long-lasting back pain, you can decide which drugs are the most appropriate for you. Your doctor is the right person to tell you which medicines and therapies to use based on the (identification of a disease or problem, or its cause). However, it is always worth educating you on the different medicines that your doctor is likely to prescribe you. Following is a brief rundown about the same.

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Opiods.

Opiods have been found to be very effective in treating long-lasting back pain, but you are strongly recommended not to use it unless your doctor prescribes it for you, as it can have some serious side effects also if taken in improper dosages. Some of these medicines may include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and Oxycodone.

 

Anti Depressants.

The person suffering from sudden and serious problem of backache always get depressed and depression only adds to the problem, (irritating/making worse) the pain. Therefore, your doctor may also prescribe you some anti-depressants to reduce your depressive moods. Amitriptyline and despramine are the two most common anti-depressants that health care providers usually prescribe. Especially if it is the lower back that is almost always affected, the eating of these medicines can be very helpful, as they can effectively relieve the pain.

 

Analgesics.

(things that reduce pain) are OTC drugs and you don't exactly need to show your doctor's prescription to buy them. These drugs are also known as Non-steroidal Anti-Insulting/swelling Drugs (NSAID). However, as said earlier, you must talk to your doctor before you use them. Ibuprofen, medicine, naproxen are some common medicines in this category that your doctor may prescribe you to get relief from long-lasting back pain. They can also be very effective in reducing stiffness, swelling, and swelling that goes along with sudden and serious backache.

 

Sometimes, the problem with the back might be a result of nervous seizures. If that is the case with you, your (professional or skilled person) is very much likely to prescribe you anti (powerful, scary muscle jerking) drugs, as they can effectively treat long-lasting back pain by treating seizures in the body.

 

The therapy used for long-lasting back pain usually brings the best results if along with the best medicines. Besides that, a healthy (way of living) also plays an important role in back pain treatment .So, you must know which types of physical activities you should practice and which you should avoid.

The Truth About Treating Your Own Back Pain

There are many at home treatments for back pain. They all involve simple exercises that you can do to stretch the muscles and spine. Some of these programs work for some people and not for others. Some say (something upside down) is the cure, others say it doesn't work at all. I say if done correctly it is an extremely valuable tool in the back pain tool box. Others suggest that only the medical job/line of work should address back pain.

Of course, itis usually those in the medical job/line of work who are making that suggestion. It's kinda like Walmart suggesting that you visit your local Walmart store. Somewhere in the middle of all of this sometimes disagreeing information is the truth about treating your own long-lasting back pain. Thankfully, it is simple to sort through the mess and come up with a (practical and doable) solution.

You should first understand your goal when dealing with your back pain. It is not to stop the pain. You should focus all of your attention on keeping your spine in the correct position by maintaining your (related to the lower back) (curved spine). That is the inward cure of your lower spine. Most back pain is caused by keeping your back in stressful positions for a long time. The stress is cause by the loss of the (related to the lower back) curve. If you maintain the curve,you reduce the stress and the pain. In fact, the goal of good (way of standing/attitude) is not to sit or stand straight up. It is to sitand stand while maintaining the natural curve of your back.

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Another problem most at home treatments have is that they overdo the stretches or stray from the needed straight line stretches. Sometimes they advise the wrong kind of stretch and can prevent you from healing. All that is needed is a simple extension exercise to make tiny steps forward. A properly done extension exercise is a self given/gave (medicine based on body part manipulation) treatment. Do them regularly and allow for proper rest and you will end up pain free before it is all over. Add a little mild (something upside down) when the sharp pains are gone and you can get pain free a lot faster than you ever thought. The main reason people fail in curing their back pain is that they over do it. If a little exercise is good, a lot must be better. But that is TOTALLY wrong.

If you need a simple and set treatment that you can do over and over again to (accomplish or gain with effort) pain freedom in a matter of weeks, check the link below.

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New Research About Lower Back Pain

Over the years there have been many approaches for treating lower back pain. Traditional medical approaches have included the use of medications, injections and surgery. However, a recent research study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) published in the 2017 Annals of Internal Medicine has just released new guidelines advising a non-surgical and pharmaceutical free strategy.

A main concern in the United States is the ever-growing use of opioid medications causing addictions, overdoses and suicides. Opioids include Percocet, OxyContin and hydrocodone have been inappropriately prescribed in some cases for pain of the back. The new ACP guidelines advise against what are called "low value treatments" such as doctors prescribing opioid medications.

Instead nonpharmacological approaches are recommended by the ACP. These include nondrug treatments such as spinal manipulation which is typically performed by chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, tai chi and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

According to Roger Chou MD, professor of medicine, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, and lead author of the new reviews on back pain treatment: "the biggest shift is prioritizing non-formal logic therapies using those first versus medication." "This is the first guideline to really take this stance."

The guidelines of the ACP also reject initially having patients get MRIs for lower back pain. The study notes that MRIs typically will not reveal findings relevant to the cause of the lower back pain.

Lower back pain that lasts for less than four weeks is considered acute. Low back pain lasting up to 12 weeks is considered subacute. Lower back pain lingering for more than 12 weeks is considered chronic. In all cases it is not wise to give into total bed rest. Gentle activity such as walking periodically daily and gentle appropriate stretching is more effective.

Physical measures such as chiropractic spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic spinal adjustments are recommended by the ACP.

Chiropractors are licensed as doctors. Their education involves typical undergraduate courses followed by five years at a chiropractic college. Following this they must pass national boards and become licensed in individual states in the US. Chiropractors then take continuing education classes for ongoing training.

Many responsible recognized insurances cover the initial evaluation by a doctor of chiropractic and treatment such as chiropractic spinal adjustments, physiological therapeutics and corrective exercises. These types of therapies been shown in numerous research studies to be beneficial for those suffering from acute, subacute and chronic pain of the lower back.

In advising nondrug, nonsurgical measures for the treatment of pain of the lower back the American College of Physicians guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine have made a substantial shift in traditional prioritization of the treatment of lower back pain.

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Health tips

Statistically, research has shown that about 80% of adults would suffer from low back pain at some point in their lifetime and this condition is a major cause of job-related disability worldwide. If you are presently experiencing low back pain, here are some beneficial health tips in treating or providing considerable relief from this condition:

Avoid sitting for too long 
Whenever you sit for hours on end at a desk or watching TV, you are keeping your low back flexed and your back muscles are strained. Researchers at a Norwegian University discovered that teenagers who sat in front of TV or computer for 15 hours or more in a week were three times more likely to suffer from low back pain. Additionally, the exit plan on the off chance that you should sit for long is to extend your body or walk around at intervals to relax your muscles.

Quit Smoking 
Numerous studies have shown that smokers are more likely to suffer from low back pain than nonsmokers. Cigarette contains a substance, nicotine which disrupts blood supply to intervertebral discs of the spine leading to a crack or rupture of the discs. Also, smoking slows the healing process and depletes the oxygen supply to the muscles and drains the oxygen supply to the muscles and ligaments in the back.

Indulge in Exercise 
Numerous evidences have revealed that stretching and strengthening exercises including Yoga often help to speed recovery from chronic low back pain by enhancing the flexibility and strength of the muscle groups that support the lower back. Similarly, studies have shown that low-impact aerobic exercises are good in maintaining the integrity of intervertebral discs. The implication of this is that if you are experiencing low back pain, you need to resist the temptation of keeping yourself to delayed bedrest or staying away from all types of activity.

Take more Calcium and Vitamin D 
Arguably, the role of calcium and vitamin D in the formation of strong, healthy bones cannot be overemphasised. When your bones are strong, the possibility of suffering from low back pain due to osteoporosis is ruled out. Dietary sources that are rich in calcium and vitamin D include milk, fresh green vegetables, sardines, cheese, oranges, egg yolk and so on.

Mind your Diet 
Research has shown that the same diets that are good for your heart, weight and blood sugar are also good for your back and vice-versa. A study that was conducted in Finland discovered that individuals who experienced low back pain were more likely to have clogged the arteries supplying the spine. Furthermore, shortage of nutrient supply to the spine triggers inflammatory responses that may lead to back pain. In view of the foregoing, it's better to stick to a healthy diet of whole grains, proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits while avoiding excess caffeine and processed fatty diets.

Avoid Heavy Loads 
The nature of the jobs a lot of people do is such that they often have to lift, pull or push heavy loads, all of which put a considerable strain on your spine and ultimately set the stage for lower back pain. If you must carry a heavy load, make sure you distribute the weight evenly on both shoulders or arms to avoid tilting to one side and twisting your spine. Preferably, if you can get your hands on a bag with wheels or a rolling cart, it is better for the health of your back.

Change your Shoes 
For the ladies, this may not be a really good news. High heels compel you to arch your back and this places a strain on your spinal muscles leading to avoidable back aches. At Lehigh University, 80% of low-back patients who were given lightweight, cushioned and flexible shoes experienced significant relief from their back pain. However, occasional use of those high-heeled shoes is not likely to cause serious harm.

Sleep with a pillow under your knees 
It's been discovered that when you sleep on your back, an estimated 55 pounds of pressure is put on your spine. However, with a pillow under your knees, you reduce that pressure by 50% and decrease your risk of low back pain.

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